TV Club: There’s nothing quite like the holidays to liven up Modern Family

I’ll admit to being a bit of a sucker for holiday-themed episodes. That’s especially true when it comes to sitcoms. There’s something about the heightened emotions of the holiday season that makes some of the sitcom’s more rote and predictable tropes a little more bearable, if not completely welcome. The holiday season allows the sitcom to indulge in a little cheese, melodrama, and joy. That might explain why I found tonight’s Modern Family, despite some problems, to be rather enjoyable. It’s not Modern Family at its best, but it is the show at ease. There’s a pacing to the comedy and the drama tonight that works better than almost any episode this season. “White Christmas” is light stuff, but isn’t that what the holidays are about?

In the spirit of wanting to have a traditional White Christmas—like white people have, she …

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